President Barack Obama is seen skeet shooting last summer, in a photo released over the weekend by The White House in order to refute Republicans who had expressed doubt that the president enjoys shooting clays. The photo, instead, agitated gun enthusiasts, some of whom claimed it is an altered image and/or that Obama’s inexpert form shows the president doesn’t love guns enough. The NRA’s chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, claimed it was proof that the president plans to confiscate the nation’s guns. “During the campaign, when he said to people, ‘I will not take away your rifle, shotgun, handgun,’ they leafleted the country with flyers like this, ‘Obama’s not gonna take your gun,’ ‘Obama will protect gun rights,’” Mr. LaPierre said. “And now he’s trying to take away all three.” The photo and the furor over its meaning is an indication of how heated the issue of gun safety has become.
The president will visit Minneapolis Monday to recognize efforts the city has made to reduce gun violence. In September, a man shot and killed six people at the Minneapolis business he worked at before taking his own life. The president is expected to talk about the steps Minneapolis has taken to reduce gun violence and to foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed.
Obama will visit with members of the community about their experiences and discuss additional steps that can be taken at the federal level to reduce gun violence.
He is expected to speak at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center early Monday afternoon. Please return to The UpTake to watch live video of the president’s visit and follow our live blog of the event.